City of Port Townsend



Entry Level and Lateral Level Officers


Entry Level Police Officers

Initial testing for Entry Level Police Officer positions is completed through, (PST) a private testing agency. This includes the physical and entry level written exam for entry candidates.  Upon successful completion of the PST testing process, applicant test scores will be forwarded by PST to the Human Resources Manager/Chief Examiner. Applicants will next be invited to complete the City of Port Townsend Civil Service Commission Employment Application.

Please register for testing  at

When an opening occurs or at the time the Civil Service Commission recommends an employment list be established, all those who have completed applications on file will be contacted to determine if they are still interested in employment. If so, they will be invited to Port Townsend for further testing, including an oral board panel interview.


Lateral Level Police Officers

Minimum qualifications include:

CertificationGraduation from a basic law enforcement training as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

ExperienceAt least 12 months experience as an active, sworn, municipal, county or state law enforcement officer, and have not been separated from law enforcement for more than 24 months

Physical RequirementsMust be able to perform all essential functions

Lateral Applications and Testing are processed internally by the Civil Service Commission.  For further information and to request an Application please contact:

Kelly Wheeler, Deputy Chief Examiner or (360) 302-2195

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